You are here: Home » Wine 101 » Wine Pairing Picks: Tomatoes Wine Pairing Picks: Tomatoes Featured Article,How-To,Wine 101 http://relish.com/articles/wine-pairing-picks-tomatoes/ by RelishAugust 4, 2011 White and red wines that bring out the best in vibrant, acidic summer tomatoes. Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/wine1.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Perched on top of bruschetta, tossed in panzanella or artfully arranged on a Niçoise or caprese salad platter, fresh, uncooked tomatoes will never taste better than now, at their homegrown, in-season best. Yet the very things we love about them—those green, grassy-vegetal aromas, that mouthwatering acidity—can undermine a wine pairing. A Bright Italian White Four white grape varieties of them make their way into Villa Antinori Bianco 2008 (Toscana; $13), a fresh and floral, citrusy white. Its soft side will keep it from getting into a slugging match with your tomato’s feisty side. Sancerre-ly Yours Sauvignon Blancs often make their way to the table alongside fresh tomatoes; however, to avoid an all-out zest-fest, try wines from Sancerre, a sub-region of France’s Loire Valley. Sancerre is usually imported in small quantities; ask your local wine merchant to point you to a specific label ($20 to $25). A Red That Works White wines generally go better with fresh tomatoes than reds, but if you crave a red, choose a medium-bodied one that’s fruity and easy on the tannins. Even better, consider a red that can handle a wee bit of chill. Try Fleurie, made from the Gamay grape in France’s Beaujolais region. Look for Fleurie at around $15—ask a wine merchant to recommend a label. —By Wini Moranville, Relish wine columnist Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Pomodoro Sauce Meaty Roma tomatoes are the basis for a quick sauce for polenta, pizza or pasta. Braised Chicken with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes A saucy, savory, skillet full of full-flavored chicken. Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes and Smoked Paprika Meltingly tender chicken in a rich sauce of sherry, paprika and ancho chili. Roasted Tomatoes Marvelous things happen when tomatoes meet high heat and olive oil. Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad A refreshing riot of orange melon and red tomato. Wine Pairing Picks: Tomatoes White and red wines that bring out the best in vibrant, acidic summer tomatoes.